US Continues to Withhold Military Funding from Pakistan, Protests Erupt

by Sarah Nahrgang A $1.1 billion aid package for Pakistan was authorized in 2016 by Congress, but in response to the country’s poor approaches to handling terrorism, the Trump administration announced in August of 2017 that it would be temporarily withholding $255 million. If Pakistan agreed to be more aggressive in cracking down on terrorist networks in Afghanistan, they would continue to receive US funding. Despite this, the Pakistani government has taken no such initiative, and the White House…

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21 Dead in Iran

by Vincent Cucchiara As of Tuesday, January 2, the death toll of the anti-government clashes with law enforcement in Iran has reached 21 souls, and at least 450 have been arrested since last week.┬áThe stated grievances of the protesters are varied and broad, encompassing economic concerns, as well as civic concerns over perceived corruption. All in all, it resembles the beginnings of the Syrian civil war back in 2011, with protests quickly turning into riots that are at least…

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